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At Englewood Dental, keeping our patients educated about their dental health is a priority. On our blog, you’ll find tips and best practices for optimal dental health, answers to your dental questions, and up-to-date information on the latest technology, products, and procedures, all with the goal of helping you make informed decisions about your dental care. Be sure to check back often to get advance notice of what’s happening at Englewood Dental, from patient events to special offers and discounts.

We strive to provide our patients with the best dental care for a lifetime of beautiful smiles!


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Character Day at The Children’s Dental Health Center

  • FREE picture and autograph of the character
  • FREE dental checkup and brushing lesson
  • FREE toothbrushes and floss
  • FREE coloring book, crayons, and refreshments

Learn more about Character Day or add your name to the guest list here


September is National Dental Implant Awareness Month

Dear Patients,

It’s National Implant Awareness Month! Dental Implants help maintain and strengthen bone structure in order to keep your smile at it’s healthiest by protecting the existing teeth. Once a tooth is lost, things can happen that you might not notice at first but can have negative effects on both health and appearance.

 

So Why Implants?

They provide a strong, stable, and durable foundation for high-quality replacement teeth. Implants improve the original bite strength and can reverse bone loss in the jaw.

Dental implants can prevent your teeth from shifting, enables you to chew your food better, and improves your self-confidence.

Dental implant with crown attachment

 

Another important factor of Dental implants is that they improve your oral health. Nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health.

 

Dental implant consultation

 

Can Anyone Get Implants?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered. If you have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant you can be considered!

 

Post-Surgery Discomfort

It is normal to have some small bruises and swelling in the Gum and soft tissues. Usually, the discomfort- is treated with an ordinary painkiller, such as ibuprofen, hydrocodone, or codeine.

 

How Do I Care for Dental Implants?

Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups.

*Important tip: Proper dental care is vital to make sure implants last as long as possible.

 

Your Dentist,

Dr. Minichetti

 

At Englewood Dental, we’re always happy to help. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call us at 201-871-3556 or click here to connect online!


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Your Natural Teeth Are Here to Stay!

Save Your Tooth Month means sharing the best ways to help keep your teeth!

 

Dear Patients,

It’s time to relieve your dental pain and keep your natural teeth– all in one procedure!
You may be asking yourself, or your dentist, “How can I do this?” The answer is simple and straightforward: root canal treatment. Your dentist may recommend you make an appointment for a root canal treatment if they notice that the roots of your tooth are inflamed or infected. But fear not!– Although the idea of a “root canal” might immediately prompt your nerves, we ensure you that you have nothing to be scared of. Today’s advanced analgesics and technology are here to create a painless and inviting procedure. One can be sure to have a relaxed procedure as they doze off before it even begins!

What Does a Root Canal Treatment Entail?
Simply put, dentists recommend a root canal treatment to focus on repairing and saving a natural tooth that is badly decayed or infected without extraction or need for an implant. The procedure includes removing the pulp from inside the tooth, while cleaning/disinfecting and properly shaping the root canals in your teeth. The treatment ends with the endodontist adding a filling so we can ensure the roots will further stay in place.

What Age Will I Likely Need A Root Canal Treatment By?
Most oral infections do not discriminate against age. It does not matter whether your teeth are new or old, decaying of the tooth’s pulp complex can be detrimental to your teeth, and even lead to pulpitis. Diets are often the main cause of creating the need for a root canal treatment, so regardless of age, sugar does not limit its negative effects on teeth. However, sometimes irritation and old age correlate and have a better chance of leading to irreversible inflammation.

Babies and Root Canal Treatments: Cautions to Be Aware Of
When babies need oral treatments, they are often overlooked and brushed off as teething as it is the prime time for new teeth to grow in. However, root canals are not uncommon procedures for babies, toddlers, or young children. If your child’s crying does not seem to recede with time or seems a little too intense to be teething pain, it may be best to see their dentist. Even though their baby teeth will eventually fall out, their dentist will suggest fixing them unless they are very close to falling out naturally. Baby teeth are important for chewing, speaking, and ensuring future teeth grow in properly and straight. They also hold spaces for the permanent teeth that will eventually replace them.

*Important Tip: It may be best to rethink giving your child a bottle of milk before bed if you are not planning on brushing their teeth afterward. This often causes tooth and root decay as the sugars in the milk sit on the teeth overnight. Try to give them bottles of water before bed if they have already brushed their teeth.*

How Can I Prevent My Need for A Root Canal Treatment Altogether?
The number one tip given to help you avoid all preventable dental procedures is to maintain proper oral care. This means brushing and flossing regularly and keeping up a low-in-sugar diet. And visiting your dentist as advised, of course! Our main goal at Englewood Dental is to ultimately prevent one from even needing extractions or implants and to save the natural tooth and its components.

Your Dentist,

Dr. Minichetti

 

At Englewood Dental, we’re always happy to help. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call us at 201-871-3556 or click here to connect online! 


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Oral Cancer– Spreading Awareness Where It’s Needed

April is dedicated to oral (or oropharyngeal) cancer awareness and the estimated 53,000 Americans that will be diagnosed this year. Each year the number of those diagnosed, and the number of lives taken by this horrible disease increases. This means that approximately 145 Americans are diagnosed each day and 1 life is taken every hour– furthering the increasingly important need to spread awareness.

 

Do you know the main cause of oral cancer?

In recent years, most cases of oral cancer, over 63%, have been linked to an STD called human papillomavirus (HPV), especially in young adults. The Centers for Disease Control found that less than half of American adults are aware that the HPV infection is a risk factor for oropharyngeal/oral cancers.

 

Where it can appear:

  • Tongue
  • Gums
  • Bottom of the mouth
  • Throat
  • Tonsils
  • Oropharynx

 

Unfortunately, oral cancer is noticed too late in its development, increasing the rate of death in those that are diagnosed. Over 40% of all cases lead to death in under 5 years because of this. If detected early on, this illness has a 90% survival rate, which is why it is one of our goals, here at Englewood Dental, to spread awareness on how to notice symptoms when they first appear. Oral screenings should be done regularly and treated as any other type of cancer screening– rather than the less than 15% recorded– just as you would have screenings to detect cancer in other areas. A study revealed that 81% of adults wish they were screened for oral cancer during checkups, about 65% of those wishes aren’t met.

 

Other ways to avoid/prevent oral cancer:

  • Maintain a proper brushing and flossing routine
  • Lessen/stop the use of tobacco products
  • Wear lip balm with SPF when in the sun

 

It is my job as your dentist to keep you aware and help you stay informed when making your regular trips to the dentist. Ask us about oral cancer screenings and detect any early signs in just minutes! Engaging and inquiring with your doctor about oral cancer is one step in the right direction towards keeping yourself healthy, as well as others through the spread of awareness.

 

Your dentist,

Dr. John Minichetti


Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Breathe Better, Sleep Better

What is OSA?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that blocks airways and prevents one from properly breathing. OSA is a type of sleep apnea that occurs when a sleeping person stops breathing for 10 or more seconds. This can be due to a variety of reasons such as the size of oral passages and airway structures, swelling of passageways, tongue positioning, soft oral tissue, and relaxed oral muscles. OSA affects approximately 30 million U.S. adults, making it one of the most common sleeping disorders.

Those who have less than five apneas per hour are considered to have no or minimal sleep apnea, between 5 and 15 sleep apneas per hour is considered mild, between 15 and 30 apneas per hour is considered moderate sleep apnea, and above 30 apneas per hour is considered severe sleep apnea.

 

 

 

 

Potential Risks of OSA:

Leaving OSA untreated can potentially lead to many negative long term health effects.

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Acid Reflux
  • Diabetes
  • Sexual Dysfunction

 

 

Ways to Reduce OSA for Mild Cases:

  • Limit alcohol consumption or refrain completely
  • Don’t drink alcohol several hours before going to sleep
  • Don’t use certain sleep medications
  • Exercise regularly
  • Lose weight if overweight
  • Don’t sleep on your back
  • Quit smoking

 

 

Treatments for OSA:

For moderate to severe cases of OSA, professional treatment is necessary. The objective of OSA treatments is to open up the airway so that the person can breathe properly. A continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP), an anterior mandibular positioning dental device (AMP), and a mandibular advancement device (MAD) all help open up the airways and allow airflow by adjusting the position of the mouth and jaw.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea can severely affect your overall health. Be sure to look out for signs of sleep apnea and report it to your doctor or qualifying dentist immediately to get the help you need for sleep and overall health improvements.

If you believe you suffer from any of the Sleep Apnea symptoms, make an appointment for a consultation with Sleep Apnea Specialist, Dr. Anna Hong.

 

At Englewood Dental, we’re always happy to help. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call us at 201-871-3556 or click here to connect online! 


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Gum Disease – Can It Be Spread From Person to Person?

Did you know that about 47% of adults (30+) have at least some variation of gum disease and the Center for Disease control claims 70% of adults (65+) have periodontal disease?  Gum disease, which is sometimes known as periodontal disease, is a chronic pathological inflammatory condition. This results in health issues with your gums, bone, and connective tissues. If left untreated, it becomes irreversible and could lead to a loss of teeth.

 

How to Know if You Have Gum Disease:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Irritated or swollen gums
  • Gums bleed when brushing or flossing
  • Severe toothaches (or pain while chewing food)
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth (or even loss of teeth)

 

 

Did you just read that list and are fearful you may have gum disease? Don’t go straight to panic mode yet. Make sure to be aware of the difference between gum disease and gingivitis. Gingivitis is the warning sign of gum disease– when your symptoms are still in the reversible stage. So if you think you may be suffering from any of these symptoms, make sure to see your dentist and discuss what you can do to prevent gingivitis from turning into irreversible gum disease.

 

How It Happens:

  1. Your teeth start off healthy
  2. As your oral routine worsens, plaque begins to build up, leaving you with bad breath
  3. Gums become irritated/swollen
  4. Loss of tooth bone, gums recede (this may cause teeth to fall out!)

 

I’m sure you’re all wondering– Can it be spread by kissing or sharing saliva?

To invalidate the rumors, gum disease is not contagious.  You can not acquire the disease by sharing a drink or food with someone who unknowingly has gum disease.  However, long-term sharing of saliva through the sharing of food and drink or even kissing without proper hygiene could increase your risk of periodontal disease.

Poor oral hygiene and the spread of bacteria caused by poor oral hygiene causes gum disease.  If you are constantly exposed to the bacteria, your immune system may struggle to ward off the disease.

 

How to Prevent Gum Disease:

  • Brush twice daily
  • Floss!
  • Don’t share saliva with people who have poor oral hygiene
    • Sharing food and drink
    • Sharing a toothbrush
    • Kissing
  • Regular visits to the dentist

 

Routine visits to the dentist will ensure that your gums and teeth are in healthy condition– and if they aren’t, your dentist will do everything they can to reverse the symptoms to avoid any further problems or damage.

 

At Englewood Dental, we’re always happy to help. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call us at 201-871-3556 or click here to connect online! 


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A Guide to Dental Anesthesia

Whether you get local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia is usually dependent on how difficult the dentist thinks your procedure will be. Here’s your guide to the different types of dental anesthesia available.

 

 

 

Local Anesthesia: Under local anesthesia you are awake, you may feel pressure, but you won’t feel pain. Your dentist or oral surgeon administers a local anesthetic with one or more injections near the site of each extraction. Before you receive an injection, your dentist or surgeon will likely apply a substance to your gums to numb them. You’re awake during the tooth extraction. Although you’ll feel some pressure and movement, you shouldn’t experience pain.

 

Sedation: Under sedation you are awake, but you have lessened consciousness and won’t remember much. Your doctor gives you sedation anesthesia through an IV line in your arm. You don’t feel any pain and will have limited memory of the procedure. You’ll also receive local anesthesia to numb your gums.

 

General Anesthesia: Under general anesthesia, you are completely under and won’t remember anything. In special situations, you may be offered general anesthesia. You may inhale medication through your nose or have an IV line in your arm, or both. Your surgical team closely monitors your medication, breathing, temperature, fluids, and blood pressure. You’ll experience no pain. Local anesthesia is also given to help with postoperative discomfort. A patient may choose general anesthesia for simple procedures, depending on their level of anxiety. Most people having their wisdom teeth removed or having a dental implant placed will choose general anesthesia. General anesthesia may be necessary if local anesthesia fails to anesthetize the surgical site, which often occurs in the presence of infection.

 

In order to determine which type of anesthesia to use for your extractions, you will need to discuss your anxiety level and the complexity of the procedure. If you have been putting off having your wisdom teeth removed, choosing the right type of sedation can alleviate a great deal of apprehension about your extraction.

 

At Englewood Dental, we’re always happy to help. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call us at 201-871-3556 or click here to connect online! 


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Coconut Oil for a Whiter, Brighter, and Healthier Smile

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen revealed one of her health secrets, in her book, “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life”. As part of her morning routine, she wakes up around 5 a.m. and swishes coconut oil around her mouth. This daily ritual called Oil Pulling serves “to clean out all the guck and to detoxify teeth and gums.” Recently, coconut oil has become insanely popular, as it is a natural and beneficial substance. Unlike other oils which are composed of long-chain triglycerides, coconut oil consists mainly of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). The primary MCT in coconut oil, Lauric Acid is used by the body to create monolaurin which helps kill harmful bacteria. The idea behind Oil Pulling is oil acts as a magnet for microbes that contain bacteria which through brushing alone are hard to free. Oil allows for these bacterias to be picked out of your teeth, gums, pores and tubules within the teeth and intermix with oil solution-making it easy to dispose of and detoxify your mouth.

Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling:

  • Reduces plaque build-up
  • Reduces bad breath
  • Prevents cavities and tooth decay
  • Improves gum health
  • Reduces gum inflammation and gingivitis

How to Use Coconut Oil:

  1. Put 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth. Swish the coconut oil in your mouth by pushing and pulling it between your teeth for 15-20 minutes, similarly to using a mouthwash (but a little longer).
  2. Spit out the coconut oil. Make sure to spit the coconut oil in the trash instead of the sink since the coconut oil could clog drains.
  3. Brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth helps to remove any coconut oil still in your mouth that could contain bacteria.

*It’s recommended that oil pulling is done in the morning before eating or drinking.

Make Sure Not To:

  • Swallow the coconut oil while swishing.
    • Due to the pulling, the coconut oil will have bacteria and toxins that is has taken from the teeth and mouth that could make you sick.
  • Use oil pulling as a replacement for a regular oral hygiene routine
    • While oil pulling has many benefits, it’s recommended that oil pulling is used in addition to a regular oral hygiene routine which includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.

Ultimately, if you’re looking for an efficient, healthy, natural way to whiten and brighten your smile, then adding coconut oil to your daily oral routine might just do the trick!

 

At Englewood Dental, we’re always happy to help. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call us at 201-871-3556 or click here to connect online! 


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Advantage Arrest™: Silver Diamine Fluoride 38%

Silver Diamine Fluoride has been utilized for hundreds of years, and is now easier to use than ever!

 

 

What it Is:
The first ever cavity-fighting liquid, Silver Diamine Fluoride, stops and reverses tooth decay before it appears. Halting the formation of caries (decay) in an earlier stage ultimately prevents the need for dental procedures as one gets older.

What it Does:
Restricts and reverses the progress of an already formed cavity in permanent and primary teeth.  Once applied to the decaying tooth, a layer of silver protein conjugates form, which then increases the acid dissolution and enzymatic digestion resistance. The silver mimics an antimicrobial, the fluoride remineralizes, and the proteins that decompose dentin stop. It stains substances that have been decayed or demineralized, helping to differentiate between the healthy and unhealthy parts of the tooth.

Benefits/ Reasons to Use:

  • Ensures instant relief from oral hypersensitivity
  • Helps kill/fight off pathogenic organisms
  • Increases dentin resistance against acid & abrasion (by hardening it)
  • Won’t stain enamel or dentin
  • Gives quick & vital reaction responses by staining visible/hidden lesions
  • New blue color makes for easier application
  • Antimicrobial
  • Can be applied by dental hygienists & assistants
  • Helps increase acid dissolution resistance
  • Increases mineral density and hardness while the lesion depth decreases
  • No post-treatment restrictions/limitations
  • Odorless
  • Outperforms other related treatments
  • Quick & easy application
  • No more than 5 minutes
  • No need for Air or water, Instruments, Anesthesia.

Clinical Solutions

  • An alternative to restorative treatment
  • Prevents secondary decay
  • No general anesthesia or oral sedation necessary
  • Behavioral or medical management
  • Decaying lesions that can’t be treated in a single visit
  • Easier for those with difficulty accessing dental care
  • For difficult to treat dental carious lesions

Useful for…

  • Behavioral or medical management patients
  • Carious lesions that can’t be treated in one visit
  • Difficult to treat lesions
  • High risk decaying teeth
  • Pediatrics
  • Decaying roots
  • Teeth sensitivity

What you should know:

  • Teeth stains are indicators of antimicrobial effectiveness.
  • It doesn’t polish away because the stain of the lesion maintains its dark color, creating a long-lasting antimicrobial effect.
  • SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride) stains decaying areas and soft-tissues.
  • You don’t have to worry about permanent staining.
  • It won’t stain healthy enamel or dentin.
  • It can be reduced by gentle polishing with tincture of weak iodine solution or by being covered with Glass Ionomer.
  • Stains become noticeable after a few hours.
  • Staining is restricted to direct areas of contact.
  • Staining fades within 24-72 hours in soft-tissue areas.
  • It will stain most objects (clothing, counters, floors, and instruments).
  • SDF is an FDA regulated prescription medical device.

Advantage Arrest is the first Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the FDA for an oral care product.

 

At Englewood Dental, we’re always happy to help. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call us at 201-871-3556 or click here to connect online! 


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Being Active Benefits Your Oral Health

What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It is often caused by poor oral hygiene which allows for plaque to build up on teeth and harden. Some symptoms of gum disease include bad breath, red and swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing. Gum disease has also been linked to more serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Did you know that exercise reduces your risk of gum disease?
Colgate found that regular exercise reduces the risk of gum disease; the study showed that non-smokers who exercised regularly were 54% less likely to have gum disease than non-smokers who did not live an active lifestyle. The journal’s research found that exercise reduces inflammation in your body, including in your gums. The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that adults who followed government recommendations for physical activity were less likely to have periodontal disease.
According to a study done by Colgate, nonsmokers or former smokers who exercised moderately five days per week, or vigorously three times per week for at least 10 years showed a significantly lower risk for periodontal disease. Nonsmokers had a 55% lower risk and former smokers had a 75% lower risk.

How Does Staying Active Help Your Teeth?
Regular exercise improves your digestive system by getting your blood pumping and creating more effective bowel movements. Due to the improved digestive system, your body’s tissues are able to resist infection, especially inside of the mouth. The digested vitamins and minerals from the food you eat are an essential part of strengthening and protecting your teeth, which allows for better overall health as well as dental health.

Do you know about the serious health issues that can occur with poor oral hygiene?
It is essential to practice good oral hygiene and see a dentist regularly in order to avoid serious risk to your body’s overall health. Failure to exercise regularly can lead to serious health complications such as obesity. Typically, people with a lower Body Mass Index have better oral health and fewer overall health issues.

The most common health issues that are linked to poor oral health are:
1) Cardiovascular Disease
2) Respiratory Infections
3) Pregnancy Complications

You can keep your gums and teeth healthy by: 
1) Exercising regularly
2) Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes
3) Flossing regularly to remove plaque from between teeth
4) Use a toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride
5) Visiting a dentist routinely for a check-up and professional cleaning
6) Limit sugary foods and drinks like candy and soda
7) Eat a well-balanced diet with food and drinks that strengthen your teeth

With health issues affecting not just your overall health, but your dental health, it is absolutely essential to take care of your body and your teeth by exercising regularly. Be sure to drink plenty of water during any exercise, being properly hydrated is key to good health, including dental health.

 

At Englewood Dental, we’re always happy to help. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call us at 201-871-3556 or click here to connect online! 

 

Reference
https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/gum-disease/ada-01-study-finds-exercise

Article updated 11/12/18


Dental Hygiene Tips for a Healthy, Happy Mouth

Brush your mouth properly, at least two minutes, twice daily! You shouldn’t just be brushing your teeth, because your tongue, your gums, and the roof of your mouth also need a good cleaning! To brush properly, place the bristles of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line so that the bristles are touching the teeth and the gum! Use a back and forth, up and down motion. Brush the surface of your tongue and the roof of your mouth to help get rid of bacteria that can cause bad breath. Remember: do not brush your gums too hard, remember to brush your teeth and gum lightly.

Pick the Right Toothbrush
Look for a brush with soft bristles that are small enough to reach into all the cracks and crevices of your teeth.

Floss Regularly
Brushing alone cannot completely clean your teeth. Brushing lacks the ability to get in between teeth. Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth. Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth. Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Repeat on all teeth, including the back ones!

Be sure your diet is tooth friendly
Nuts, fruits (such as apples), cheese, chicken and vegetables are all teeth friendly! Limit intake of sodas and alcohol. These products contain phosphorus which can deplete the calcium level of the body which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Eliminate tobacco use
Avoiding tobacco can prevent you from periodontal complications such as oral cancer. Foods that are often used to mask the smell of tobacco often end up being sweets, tea, or coffee, all of which are harmful to teeth.

Regular Dental Visits
Make regular dental visits a habit! Regular visits to the dentist allow your dentist to track the progress of possible mouth issues, and the sooner it is taken care of the better!

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